ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Tufts University co-ed sailing team won all five of its consolation races today at the 2021 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Team Racing Championship. As a result, the Jumbos finished seventh overall out of 12 teams at the national championship.
On Wednesday, Tufts had been 10th in the opening round-robin races with a 3-8 record. They were not one of six teams to move on to the semifinal Gold round. Instead they dropped into a six-team Silver round.
The Jumbos made the most of this scenario, defeating U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Jacksonville, Boston College and Tulane. That lifted Tufts to an 8-8 overall record for the two days, seventh-place in the national championship field.
All of Thursday's races were closely contested. Team Racing consists of two teams each of three boats competing against each other. In the St. Mary's and Boston College races, Tufts had finishes of first, fourth and fifth to win by the slimmest of margins. They went 2-3-4 against both Tulane and Merchant Marine and 1-2-6 versus Jacksonville in those victories.
All four combinations of skippers and crews who traveled to Maryland to compete for the Jumbos saw action for the second straight day - senior skipper Austen Freda with senior crew Lindsay Powers, junior skipper Sam Merson with junior crew Ann Sheridan, junior skipper Charlie Hibben with freshman crew Celia Byrne and junior skipper Alex Fasolo with senior crew Juliana Testa.
The United States Naval Academy, the host school, won the 2021 Walter C. Wood Trophy as Team Racing National Champions with a 17-2 record.
Day 2 of the 2021 ICSA Team Race National Championship delivered picture-perfect conditions. A 6-10 knot southeasterly breeze with moderate shifts back and forth allowed the Race Committee to easily complete the full format of racing: Gold and Silver round robins with a final four.
This was the final event of the 2021 Tufts Athletics spring schedule.